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26 December 2020 | Health

Welwitschia Hospital prides itself on the fact that they provide the best medical care in the Erongo region.

The private hospital aims to ensure that the community of Walvis Bay receives the most advanced, internationally accredited evidence-based medical service in a warm and genuinely caring environment.

“From our community of trusted doctors and specialists, to our acclaimed nursing and staff, we are here to be your trusted care.”

Reflecting on the year, the hospital said that one of their highlights was that they were the first private hospital in Namibia to deal with Covid-19. “At the peak, we treated more than 500 Covid patients, many of whom required ICU care. This can be attributed to the brilliant teamwork amongst all healthcare workers,” the hospital’s executive team said.

In March several task teams where established. “They put in many hours to research, develop, and implement Covid best practices. This enabled us to proactively have put the necessary measures in place to train and protect our valued employees and doctors to ensure we keep our patients safe and provide trusted care.”

Further cementing themselves in the healthcare industry during, one of the hospital’s achievements is that they successfully treated Namibia’s first critical and ventilated Covid patient (Patient 22).

“Our critical and ventilated (ICU) Covid patients demonstrated an excellent rate of recovery. We have proactively set up a Covid Assessment Zone and increased our bed capacity to be ready for the pandemic. Additionally, we have proactively developed a digital communication system between mobile X-ray units and Covid wards.”

Aside from these achievements, the hospital also faced a number of challenges. “We had to quickly and uniformly adapt to changes of direction and policy on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. We had to find the best practices for our own unique community. Another challenge was that our employees were being stigmatised for working on the frontline.”

For the festive season, the hospital and casualty services of Welwitschia Hospital are open 24/7 to provide trusted care.

“Please drive safely and save the emergency numbers on your mobile to ensure that any accident is attended to as soon as possible. Please do not become complacent. Remember to not touch your face, wash and sanitise your hands regularly, wear a mask and practice social distancing,” the hospital’s executive team advised.

The Welwitschia Hospital management also expressed its gratitude towards the public. “Thank you for all the support and encouragement throughout this rollercoaster year. We are truly thankful and humbled to serve you. We wish you all a wonderful festive season with your loved ones, and a new year filled with good health and prosperity.”

For more information, follow Welwitschia Hospital on Facebook or visit the website at www.welwitschiahospital.com

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